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I've never seen an MP-5 on a bike and as far as I know we've never had them. We do however have shotguns and M-16s on most bikes.
maybe it was a "photoshop" picture, but not long after the North Hollywood shootout there was a picture on the net with LAPD motor units and looked like they had small machine guns.
 

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I think lots of us have played that waiting game, probably because it's home and many of us don't want to leave home, which is quite understandable. I took two Civil Service tests and scored a 99 on both but was not hired. I took one State Police test and passed but not high enough to move on in the process. It was at that point I decided to move on and came out here to LA. I had just turned 26 when I started our academy.

It's up to the individual whether or not to make the move, after all it's not like we're right next door so it is a big step. We do have a lot of fellow Bostonians on the job out here so others have made the choice. If nothing else, come on out for a look and see for yourself. Just another option, as is Florida where PBL Cop went.
 

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If you were my friend or relative I would say go out there take the test and make the jump now. What happens to some people is they wait around here too long, end up getting married with house and kids and then you can forget about moving. I know plenty of good people that had this exact situation and were stuck praying for a job in MA because they couldn't move. It worked out for 2 people that I know but it did not work out for many more. And to anyone else reading this thread or any other getting on the job thread, Stay single and without kids if possible, you must be able to relocate unless you want to pray to the civil service gods until you age out.
I know I don't post a lot here but I thought I'd share. A family friend who was a San Diego cop tried to give this same advise when I was in my early 20's, of course being at the top of the list on the civil service test I thought "Nah I'll be good to go." Well fast forward through 4 more tests and not getting on due to politics, budget cuts, laterals, dying on lists that never got pulled I was able to land a campus gig and a reserve job in a non civil service town where I still get dicked over for full time because of Golden Children and not being one of the "In crowd" despite a good working relationship. Now I'm pushing 40, I'm cynical as a bastard, got the house, the marriage and looking at Florida because I got certified to work down there. It's been a hard sell but hopefully later this spring I'll be processing with a couple of places. My advise..."DON'T WAIT TOO LONG!. Jet Blue has some affordable tickets from time to time.
 

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If i had to do it all over again would have done local states first then go out west.

Time goes quick, life happens while your waiting for civil circus and before you know it you have big time with whatever pays the bills and it's over .
 

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maybe it was a "photoshop" picture, but not long after the North Hollywood shootout there was a picture on the net with LAPD motor units and looked like they had small machine guns.
I've never seen that. If you could find it again I'd like to see it. I do know that the only people authorized to carry MP-5s on our job are SWAT guys. We didn't start carrying the M-16s on some of our motors until recently. We've been carrying shotguns on motors for about 10 or 12 years now.
 

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I've never seen that. If you could find it again I'd like to see it. I do know that the only people authorized to carry MP-5s on our job are SWAT guys. We didn't start carrying the M-16s on some of our motors until recently. We've been carrying shotguns on motors for about 10 or 12 years now.
I probably saw it on this site. May have been another PD..........................?

did find a couple of good looking ladies :)
 

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kinda surprised you guys still wear the dark uniforms. with all the sun out there a lighter shade would make it more comfortable
 

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kinda surprised you guys still wear the dark uniforms. with all the sun out there a lighter shade would make it more comfortable
The vast majority of the significant violent crime happens at night. The dark uniform blends in with the darkness and is also more "tactical." This is also why the bright lime green jackets you guys wear back there would never fly out here (except for your traffic details of course). We have a hard enough time trying to get our traffic officers to wear their brightly colored vests at the scene of traffic accidents. The fact that we average about 75 officer involved shootings a year and are ambushed on occasion would have something to do with that.
 

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you mean "moonbeams" hasn't turned the state around ? :D

in all seriousness 75 shootings a year is insane. you guys should ALL be carrying machine guns !
 

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75 a year, that's 6.25 a month. Why work in a community that has so little regard for you and your job? I'm a civilian so I appreciate all cops, but it sounds like you work in a very difficult environment.
 

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75 a year, that's 6.25 a month. Why work in a community that has so little regard for you and your job? I'm a civilian so I appreciate all cops, but it sounds like you work in a very difficult environment.
And that 75 doesn't include the number of times we are fired on but for one reason or another, aren't able to fire back. When I first came on the job we used to average 150 OIS'.

We do the job here because we (at least most of us) really enjoy the job of being a police officer and for multiple reasons, Los Angeles is an exciting place to do it. The silent majority who like and need us far outweigh the vocal minority who don't.
 

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And that 75 doesn't include the number of times we are fired on but for one reason or another, aren't able to fire back. When I first came on the job we used to average 150 OIS'.

We do the job here because we (at least most of us) really enjoy the job of being a police officer and for multiple reasons, Los Angeles is an exciting place to do it. The silent majority who like and need us far outweigh the vocal minority who don't.
Do I hear a little "Colonel Nathan Jessup" in there...?
 
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